Niu Lan Shan Chen Niang Baijiu

Niu Lan Shan Chen Niang Baijiu

A strong-aroma baijiu in a low-rent bottle (and for a low-rent price), this baijiu really punches above its weight. It’s got a clean, clear profile, with 50% sorghum and 50% wheat. Our panel found it to be very ‘tangy’, with notes of fermented mango and a fresh-grass finish. It’s great! It’s a mild approach to […]

Luzhou Laojiao Tou Chu Chiew

Luzhou Laojiao Tou Chu Chiew

A solid entry in the Luzhou Laojiao lineup; it’s got all the hallmarks of the illustrious LL brand but has a strong horsiness factor. It doesn’t deviate from the Luzhou profile much. If you like Luzhou Laojiao, you’ll like Luzhou Laojiao!

Wuliangye baijiu

Wuliangye Wu Liang Chun Jiu

Wuliangye Yibin is one of the largest baijiu producers in China; they’re a huge brand with a staggering market cap of something like $68 billion USD (currently!). Their eponymous mix always uses five grains (wu = five, liang = grain). Reportedly they’ve perfected their blend at: 36% sorghum 22% rice 18% glutinous rice 16% wheat […]

Ganbei Baijiu

Ganbei Baijiu

Ganbei Baijiu is a startup baijiu brand here in the US – like the other new entrants they are distilling in China but bottling a western-friendly blend with marketing that appeals locally. It’s distilled in Bayan Nur in Inner Mongolia, and proofed down to an approachable 42%. (Or, at least, approachable for baijiu!) Ganbei is […]

Ming River Baijiu

Ming River

Ming River is a new brand – but if you are tangentially aware of baijiu you’ve seen it everywhere in the US. Their team has done a great job with PR and education. They’re hustling it into great bars around the country, and they’re apparently behind most of the ‘Is Baijiu the Next Big Thing’ […]

Snowbridge Layered Baijiu

Snowbridge – Layered Aroma

Snowbridge is a new baijiu brand ramping up here in the US. (Exciting!) They select and import baijiu from small producers in China, and bottled under the Snowbridge name. Their first available offering is this, ‘No. 5 Layered Aroma’, produced by Golden Valley Distillery in Luzhou, Sichuan. Layered Aroma – 兼香 we learn – is […]

Gu Jing Gong Baijiu

Gu Jing Gong Baijiu

Gu Jing Gong is one of the BIG baijiu brands in China – recent reports say it’s the tenth most valuable spirit brand globally, worth about 2.3 BILLION dollars. We’ve also reviewed this paper-wrapped bottle as well. This is a medium-shelf variety,  It’s got a higher-than-normal percent of wheat in its grain mix, and it […]

Du Kang Jiu Baijiu

Du Kang Jiu Baijiu – Mian Rou

Du Kang is a big distiller, but this is the first of their product line we’ve tried. It’s good! It’s got a very mild nose: something like cantaloupe on the first taste, musty pepper on the main palate. It’s an extremely mild alcohol burn – not too much, and just enough to keep you aware […]

Wuliangye Jianzhuang

This is a discount offering from Wuliangye – it’s a little rough around the edges, but has a nice complicated flavor profile.  To our palate, this is less wheatey than the other Wuliangyes that we’ve tried!  It’s got a light burn, a fairly mild funkiness, and a prominent sweetness that starts out like a caramel […]

Luzhou Laojiao Te Chu Chiew

Te Chu Chiew (‘特曲’) is another delicious offering from Luzhou Laojiao, available in the US market. The marketing copy for this product always mentions its designation as ‘one of the four famous strong aroma liquors,’ which I don’t know exactly how to interpret. But this is a great example of the strong aroma baijiu category. […]